TRANSMISSION ART ARCHIVE
2020, 28:03 min.
Created by Jen Kutler with Quintan Ana Wikswo.
Southern Comfort is a radio sound piece by Jen Kutler featuring text and performance by Quintan Ana Wikswo. The title Southern Comfort surrounds the queer US/Mexico border experience in its complexity of solidarity and joy in the face of bigotry, violence, hate crimes and the AIDS crisis. Kutler and Wikswo's works invoke a rich, evolving and intergenerational legacy of obscured drag, ballroom, trans, mixed-race and gender queer fissures of deep southern and southwest American Culture through which the whiskey culture forms a through line of recreation and transgression. These rituals transcend the simple imbibing of alcohol.
The sounds are synthetic voices generated from physiological sensor devices worn on Kutler's body to document her response to the emotive narrative. These voices draw from granular synthesis, sine waves, cassette tape loops and stringed instruments.
This work was commissioned by Wave Farm for the durational broadcast event Christof Migone's You- on December 12, 2020.